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New Branches Opening: Indy Public Library

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The Indianapolis Public Library is going through a series of capital improvements to fill a geographic service gap in Marian County, including a new stand-alone Michigan Road branch in Northwest Indy with construction that began in November and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The Michigan Road Branch will be a 20,000-squarefoot, single-story structure located on approximately four acres on the southeast corner of Michigan Road and 62nd Street. One unique aspect of this branch involves the reuse of harvested trees to make way for the construction. This wood will be used for such purposes as an exterior canopy, children’s area tunnel, seating and paneling.

Library members can expect seating for 100 patrons, seven study rooms, community meeting rooms fitting 100 seats, as well as a large supply of books and DVDs along with quiet places to read and study.

Already completed renovations are at the Warren, Southport and East Washington branches, and future upgrades are planned for the Lawrence and Wayne branches. New branch buildings are coming up in Perry Township and at Fort Benjamin Harrison, and there’ll be replacement libraries for the Eagle, Brightwood and Glendale branches. The entire project is expected to be finished by 2022.

Location of the new Michigan Road Branch is 6201 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. For more information, visit IndyPL.org.

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